Two In a Row For RHC 2nd XI
By Freddie Young
The RHC 2nd XI have won their opening two games of the season in Division 1 after a convincing 169 run win against Watsonians 2s.
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Skipper Gibson lost the toss and his side were, surprisingly, put into bat on what looked like a fine batting deck. Looks can be deceiving though, as it proved to be a difficult pitch to bat on. Despite this, RHC batted fluently with four batsmen scoring over 40. Lamb and Sathiy opened up, with Lamb scoring an excellent 41 but was bowled trying to sweep McLean. Sathiy fell before Lamb, the ball after he survived a dropped catch, he was bowled on 17.
Dimdore-Miles (ODM) scored 61 in his first innings of the season, while Watsons will be ruing the 3 times that they dropped him, when ODM was on: 0, 5, and 35. ODM didn't let this affect his concentration though, as he looked assured at the crease, playing a range of strokes, including some lovely cover drives and a big six over cow corner. His partnership with Lamb set up the foundation for a big score. He eventually fell as he was bowled round his legs by McLean. Thirlwell came into bat on the back of a lovely 71 last week, and again looked far too good for the opposition bowlers as he cruised to 47 off 42 balls, only to be caught chipping to mid off.
Cox scored his first 50 of the season and had the freedom to express himself thanks to Lamb, ODM, and Thirlwell. On his way to an impressive 57 off 50 balls he played many an expansive stroke, including a one handed scoop for four off the opening bowler. 40 of his runs came from boundaries, which helped propel the 2nd XI to 248 off of their 50 overs. Lapsley came and went for 3, caught behind for the second week in a row, while Wilson finished on 10 not out and Malik 1 not out. The 2nd XI should really have scored more than 250, but were let down by some lazy running at times.
Gibson and Young opened the bowling, with the captain leading by example and claiming a wicket in the first over. Gibson picked up 2 wickets in his 6 over spell, while Young bowled 10 overs on the bounce for only 15 runs, picking up 1 wicket in the process. The next bowling partnership was between Malik and Clarkson. Malik showed Young how it should be done, bowling 8 overs that went for only 6 runs. 2 of those runs were wides which goes to show how tight his line and length were. The damage was down at the other end where Clarkson picked up 5 wickets in his 7 overs. The 17-year-old bowled delightfully, and was helped by a good catch from Gibson, and some astute field placements from Young and Sathiy. Wilson picked up his first wicket of the season thanks to a stunning diving one-handed catch from Lamb behind the stumps.
Another convincing win for Gibson's side, as they seek to assert themselves as a force to be reckoned with in their first season in Division 1.